Category Archives: OTHER NEWS

The secret world of child brides

By Cynthia Gorney – National Geographic

Because the wedding was illegal and a secret, except to the invited guests, and because marriage rites in Rajasthan are often conducted late at night, it was well into the afternoon before the three girl brides in this dry farm settlement in the north of India began to prepare themselves for their sacred vows. Continue reading

North-South Impasse May Block Global Trade Deal This Year

By Martin Khor*

IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint

GENEVA (IDN) – Few really wanted it started, and now no one knows whether to end it or how to end it. In between there has been almost a decade of a roller-coaster of the Doha negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Continue reading

The secret world of child brides

By Cynthia Gorney – National Geographic

Because the wedding was illegal and a secret, except to the invited guests, and because marriage rites in Rajasthan are often conducted late at night, it was well into the afternoon before the three girl brides in this dry farm settlement in the north of India began to prepare themselves for their sacred vows. Continue reading

North-South Impasse May Block Global Trade Deal This Year

By Martin Khor*/IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint

GENEVA (IDN) – Few really wanted it started, and now no one knows whether to end it or how to end it. In between there has been almost a decade of a roller-coaster of the Doha negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Continue reading

A Smoking Ban Too Far

By MICHAEL B. SIEGEL – The New York Times

NEW YORK CITY’S ban on smoking in its parks and on its beaches won’t go into effect until May 23, but notices about the rule are already appearing on benches and lampposts around town. Continue reading

Major salvagin needed for UNLDC IV in Istambul

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury*

UNITED NATIONS, 3 May 2011 (IPS) – Next Monday the United Nations is convening the decennial global conference focusing on the challenges faced by “the poorest and weakest segment of the international community humanity”. This week-long high level hosted by Turkey in Istanbul is the fourth in the series of ten-yearly UN gatherings since 1981 when the first one was convened in Paris. Continue reading

Africa Mulls Common Stance For Durban Climate Change Conference

By Jerome Mwanda

IDN-InDepth NewsReport

CAPE TOWN (IDN) – Africa, the world’s second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia, will speak with once voice at the United Nations climate change talks in Durban if South Africa, Gabon and Kenya have their way. Continue reading

After Mubarak, the Military Fist

By Cam McGrath

CAIRO, May 5, 2011 (IPS) – Thousands of Egyptian civilians, including protesters who helped topple the authoritarian regime of president Hosni Mubarak, have been tried in military courts without due process. “The use of military trials on this scale is without precedent,” says Adel Ramadan, a rights lawyer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). Continue reading

Osama’s Gone, Questions For Pakistan Remain

By Ernest Corea

IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

WASHINGTON D.C. (IDN) – Twenty-four hours do make a difference. Two events that followed each other on a weekend in which April gave way to May, demonstrated the point. From one day to another, the focus of much public attention moved from fun and frivolity here to a dramatic military operation in Pakistan that ended the life of a feared, “most wanted” terrorist leader. Continue reading

Egypt Plays Best Man at Hamas-Fatah Union

By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa Al-Omrani

CAIRO, May 4, 2011 (IPS) – Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo on Wednesday, paving the way for the formation of a Palestinian national unity government. The move, say local analysts, reflects the changing political equation in the Middle East amid the ongoing wave of Arab popular uprisings. Continue reading

Deraa a City Under a Dark Siege

By Correspondents

DOHA and DAMASCUS, Syria, Apr 29, 2011 (IPS/Al Jazeera) – As darkness fell across it, Deraa was a city under siege. Tanks and troops control all roads in and out. Inside the city, shops are shuttered and nobody dare walk the once bustling market streets, today transformed into the kill zone of rooftop snipers. Continue reading

Wikileaks Files Reveal Failures of U.S. Intelligence

By Pratap Chatterjee*

WASHINGTON, Apr 28, 2011 (IPS) – Was Adel Hamlily an agent for MI6, the British secret services, and simultaneously a “facilitator, courier, kidnapper, and assassin for al-Qaida”? Was there a secret al Qaeda cell in Bremen that even the German government knew nothing about? And could it be possible that an 11-year-old Saudi villager was leading a terrorist cell in London? Continue reading

HEALTH: New malaria drug better but not cheaper, yet

IRIN – humanitarian news and analysis

JOHANNESBURG, 21 April 2011 (IRIN) – The World Health Organization (WHO) this week recommended a change in the first-line treatment for malaria that could save nearly 200,000 lives a year, but health activists in Africa are bracing themselves for a potentially long battle in getting the new guidelines implemented. Continue reading

Martelly-Clinton Seal Deal for Next Wave of Disaster Capitalism in Haiti

By Kanya D’Almeida

WASHINGTON, Apr 21, 2011 (IPS) – Miles from his island nation’s earthquake-ravaged capital city Port-au-Prince, Haitian president elect Michel Martelly exchanged warm handshakes and heartfelt promises with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington Wednesday, just prior to the formal announcement of the pop star’s victory in the highly-contested Mar. 20 election. Continue reading

China Registers Rapid Growth – In Anxiety

By Mitch Moxley

BEIJING, Apr 21, 2011 (IPS) – Long considered a sign of weakness or a bourgeois indulgence, psychiatry is slowly entering the mainstream here, with a growing number of Chinese willing to talk through their problems with a therapist. Continue reading

Forward To The Future In Quest Of Global Security

By Ramesh Jaura

IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

BERLIN (IDN) – Europeans are finding it hard to keep their heads above water as tidal waves of an overwhelming desire for participation in governance pound at the Arab shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The challenge thrown down by Arab uprisings is however only one front in the uphill battle for achieving “security for the global world”. Continue reading

Headscarf Is Also a Scarf Over the Head

By Sabine Clappaert

BRUSSELS, Apr 20, 2011 (IPS) – While Belgium’s politicians, academics, business leaders and feminists grapple with the concept and reality of a law banning headscarves in public institutions and beyond, two entrepreneurial women have joined forces to rescue the headscarf from the country’s political debate. Continue reading

The Five BRICS Build an Alliance U.S. Need Not Fear

By Shastri Ramachandaran

IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

NEW DELHI (IDN) – As the globalised world continues the search for an overarching new order, the emergence of any new alliance of sorts is bound to be resisted, and resented, by dominant powers in the existing order. BRICS – the grouping of Brazil, Russia, India and China which has expanded to embrace South Africa – is no exception. Continue reading

Portugal PM Socrates’ resignation overshadows EU summit

BBC

The Portuguese prime minister warned of “very serious consequences”

EU leaders are grappling with a new eurozone threat after Portugal’s parliament rejected an austerity budget and PM Jose Socrates resigned. Continue reading

WHAT WOULD A TSUNAMI DO FOR A BREEDER REACTOR?

By Risto Isomaki (*)

HELSINKI, Mar (IPS) In the 1970s Japan, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, the Soviet Union, and China were all developing major breeder reactor programmes. Breeder reactors are nuclear power plants that produce more nuclear fuel than they consume generating electricity. Continue reading

Of Libya, France and Western Hypocrisy

By Julio Godoy

IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint

PARIS (IDN) – To avoid misunderstandings: Muammar al Gaddafi is a brutal, cynical, corrupt dictator, who obviously considers Libya to be his personal property. His sons were also forged in the same furnace. Period. Continue reading

Who Controls the Nuclear Control Agencies?

By Stephen Leahy*

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 23, 2011 (Tierramérica) – As Japan struggles to confront a nuclear disaster that could be the worst in history, it seems clear that any discussion about the safety of nuclear energy should address the independence of regulatory agencies. Continue reading

African Union at a Loss Over Libya

Analysis by Thandi Winston

CAPE TOWN, Mar 22, 2011 (IPS) – On Saturday, the U.S., France and the UK launched attacks on Libya’s air defences and other targets following U.N. Resolution 1973. The three African members of the Security Council voted for the resolution, but a chorus of criticism has greeted the air strikes. Continue reading

The Rise and Fall of Nuclear Safety Culture

Christian Parenti | The Nation

If the American nuclear industry and its regulators ever had a robust safety culture, it began in the protest movements that opposed the construction of nuclear plants like Diablo Canyon in California and Seabrook in New Hampshire. To credibly oppose these plants, grassroots activists had to become technically proficient in diagnosing each plant’s specific faults, as well as well versed in regulatory law and policy. Their newfound expertise challenged the political bureaucrats and nuclear industry technocrats. Continue reading

What a Palestinian Girl Saw Through Her Window

By Aline Cunico and Kanya D’Almeida

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 18, 2011 (IPS) – At the 331st meeting of the Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People held at United Nations headquarters Thursday, delegates made speeches most likely doomed to be lost in the abyss of countless Security Council resolutions, numerous rulings by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the basic provisions of the Geneva Conventions. Continue reading